What is HEQ?

HEQ is the international higher education qualification programme from BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, offering three modular study levels, each accredited by the UK government regulator, the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (OFQUAL), with the highest examined at degree level.

IT qualifications that work around you

Choose how you study your higher education qualification to fit in with your other work-life-family commitments. Classroom training is available for a more traditional academic experience, or you may opt to self-study. HEQ’s flexible, modular programme allows you to plan your studies over a timeline that suits you.

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Worldwide recognition

With its specialist learning and rigorous quality standards, the HEQ programme is recognised around the world (see guide for full details) by academics, regulators, employers and industry bodies for producing high-calibre IT professionals with exceptional skills. That’s why thousands of people have chosen to launch their IT careers with HEQ.

Be the best you can be with BCS

We know what it takes to succeed in the IT industry and support lifelong learning for work to ensure you reach your professional potential. Our qualifications, membership and industry registrations align with the global SFIA* skills framework so you can translate your competencies with organisations the world over and chart your rise to the top of your chosen field.

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* Skills Framework for the Information Age

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Start your learning journey at level 4 offering a well-rounded introduction for anyone looking to work in the tech industry. You can choose to finish your study here or progress all the way to the respected level 6 Professional Graduate Diploma providing you with a complete and comprehensive career foundation and eligibility into MSc study at many universities around the world.

Meet our students

Julius Godslove MBCS

Student, MSc in Information Technology, PDM University, India

Former BCS HEQ student, Nigeria

“I would recommend this programme a thousand times for its quality, standards, and how it can open international doors for you.”

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Nirhoshan Sivaroopan

Student, Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka

PGD level World and Sri Lankan Prize Winner 2019

“If you are looking for a great career in the field of IT, then BCS is the right place to start.”

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Rina Faisal MBCS

Computational chemist / Educational consultant

Former HEQ student and World Prize Winner at Certificate in IT and PGD level

"A number of factors encouraged me to register for the course: flexibility in the choice of modules… the ability to complete the course at your own pace… and, most importantly, its local as well as international recognition."

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Thivanka Vithanage MBCS

Senior Business Designer, Zone24x7 Private Limited, Sri Lanka

Former BCS HEQ student, Sri Lanka

“I happened to pass the booth where the BCS Sri Lanka team was promoting qualifications and membership. It was love at first sight with BCS.”

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Uthpala Kinivita PGDE MBCS CCNA

Business Analyst, Melbourne, Australia

Former BCS HEQ student, Sri Lanka

“I really believe that BCS was a turning point in my life; its course and certifications helped me realise the career path I always wanted to establish.”

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Imtiaz Hossanee MBCS

IT Manager, Mauritius

Former BCS HEQ student, Mauritius

“If you love your job you’ll not have to work a single day of your life, as the saying goes. BCS allows a person passionate about IT to fulfil this saying.”

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Get in touch with us

Find out more about our higher education study programme by contacting the team at your nearest BCS office.

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